For the first time in the history of the tournament training session on the Center Court before the start of the Championships. After Berrettini and Nadal also Djokovic with Cilic on the field: this is why they were authorized
The champions breached the temple. Sacrilege: someone dared to touch the grass of the Wimbledon center before the start of the Championships. But there is nothing strange or unauthorized: the beautiful thing, for Italian tennis, that one of the first two to step on the perfect grass of the All England Club was Matteo Berrettini. The blue, fresh from the successes of Stuttgart and Queen’s, e Rafa Nadalwere the protagonists of one of the two training sessions of the day, concluded with a selfie that Matteo posted on Instagram with great pride: First training ever on the grass of the center before the start of the tournament. Rafa, always a pleasure.
On leaving, Berrettini – by right among the favorites for the final victory only close to last year – had the opportunity to cross Novak Djokovic, who was granted the same privilege: on the other side of the net, in training with the Serbian, the Croatian Marin Cilic. They will not be the only ones, from now to Monday: the fields will not arrive yellowed or in any case ruined on the debut day, but the organization has chosen to play some preliminary exchanges to avoid scenes like those that last year cost the retirement (in second day of the tournament) to Adrien Mannarino and Serena Williams, both slipping on the obviously too perfect grass.
A novelty, that of the violated central, which coincides with the centenary of the Center Court, where this year will also be played in the middle sunday, on Sunday at the end of the first week where until 2021 no matches were played, with the only exceptions represented from the editions in which the rain had slowed down the scoreboard.
June 23, 2022 (change June 23, 2022 | 19:53)
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